On September 29th 2016, FWP captured a 524-lb 17-yr old male grizzly bear in the Seventeen Mile Creek area of the Yaak after the bear killed a small domestic pig. The homeowners alerted FWP immediately and FWP was able to loan them an electrified fence to secure all of their small livestock. A trap was also set and the bear was captured 4 days later. The bear was GPS collared and relocated in the upper Pete Creek drainage in the Yaak the evening of September 29th.
This bear is a known native bear, born in the Yaak in 1999. The bear had been previously captured and collared for research purposes by US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear population monitoring program. However, the killing of the unsecured pig on September 29th 2016 was this bears first known conflict with people. The capture of this grizzly bear is the first grizzly bear to be captured for management reasons in the Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear population in 2016.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks encourages residents to use electric fencing to secure their small livestock from bears. Information, assistance and free temporary loans of electrified fence are available to residents.
For more information, contact Kim Annis, FWP Cabinet-Yaak Bear Management Specialist, at 293-4161 or 291-1320.